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In order to save time, we’re always looking for ways to do perform tasks faster and more efficiently. Whether you’re a businessman in a hurry or a lazy college student looking for simplicity, we would all like to perform tasks a little bit faster and with a little bit of less effort put in. Even simple tasks on your computer can be performed faster with FastKeys.

FastKeys is a simple program lets you control certain keys to command your computer to do just about anything!

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As of right now, there are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of workers developing new software and upgrading current ones such as the Microsoft Office applications. While improvements in these applications do allow us to produce higher quality work, it is hard for users of the previous versions to adapt and be able to navigate through the various interfaces to use certain features (e.g. preparing a footnote or writing a proper function). For those of you who wish for a single button that you could simply press to make your life easier, you should check out KeyRocket.

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If you have a large collection of digital music, and it’s in a bit of a mess, don’t worry! TuneUp may just be what you are looking for. Using advanced matching algorithms, it will identify your mislabelled tracks and fill in complete details for you, including cover art. It works in conjunction with iTunes and Windows Media Player, and works brilliantly with the iTunes match subscription service. But there’s no need to be tied to either, as you can take your correctly named and covered collection elsewhere.

This article will focus on iTunes integration, so what are you waiting for? Dive in to see if TuneUp matches your needs.

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You’d think it would be easy to make a good to-do app for a platform. After all, paper and pencil have been doing the job for years on end already, haven’t they? Still, it’s proven to be surprisingly hard to find a simple, functional to-do list app for Windows 8. Like Goldilocks, they’re either too clunky to use, too chock-full of features, or too sparse.

My gold standard, as with most PIM apps, is the Tasks app for Palm OS. Though it’s over a decade old, the Palm OS got a lot of things right. The right balance of simple with being full-featured enough to use daily is a terribly hard balance to strike. Minimalist for Windows 8 gets a lot of the balancing right, though.

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The best laid plans often fall by the wayside. You may start off with the intension of keep your files neatly organized so you know where everything is, but how long before you end up with folders called ‘stuff’, ‘misc’ and ‘to sort’ littering your desktop?

With DropIt, all of this could come to an end as your file organisation can be taken care of for you. Now rather than having to drag and drop file after file into suitable folders, you can define rules that sort them for you automatically. Read on to see how this tool could help you out.

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These days we are all swamped in digital images. Our camera and smartphone grab these pictures and they are stored on our computers and, hopefully, backed up somewhere safe because these little vignettes can be irreplaceable. In fact, I recommend at least two backups — one local on a home server or external drive and one off-site in someplace like CrashPlan (my choice) or Carbonite.

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The 6 Wunderkinder team are an interesting lot. They seem to me kind of like the A-Team of developers; members plucked from all around the world, stuffed together with the aim of creating something new, something shiny. What did they start with? The To-do list.

..and to be honest, their first shot was pretty good.

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Adobe Reader is free. It is also one of the biggest magnets for attack on your computer. In fact, it is likely only behind Adobe Flash and Oracle Java. Yes, these are not good times for Adobe — the company is in an endless cycle of security updates in a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the bad guys, and frequently failing to do so.

So what do you do? Well, you may not be able to avoid Flash and Java, but you certainly have plenty of options when it comes to PDF readers.

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The light-weight mark-up language of choice is Markdown. In this review, I focus on a specialized text editor that’s based on Markdown. That editor is MarkdownPad by Evan Wondrasek.

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Write Your Next Novel with Liquid Story Binder XE

Writing a novel takes more organization than the typical word processor provides. Novel-writing programs pick up the slack.

Liquid Story Binder XE, by Black Obelisk Software, is a Windows-only novel-authoring program that helps you to organize your story in any way that you please.

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